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My head is killing me tonight, so I shall not write too long a post methinks.

So as a random and easy topic, I want to share a show I’ve recently discovered and am enjoying on Netflix, called “Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries”. The storyline is, to quote the IMDB summary, “Our lady sleuth sashays through the back lanes and jazz clubs of late 1920’s Melbourne, fighting injustice with her pearl-handled pistol and her dagger sharp wit.”

I really love the characters and find the show quite charming and fun. Miss Fisher is like a mixture of James Bond, Sherlock Holmes, and something entirely unique to her own irreverent style and unabashed enthusiasm. Dot is principled and shy, but willing to push outside of her comfort zone when the matter is important. Jack is wry and understated, but I love the slow warming of his character through the show. And Collins…oh, dear boy, though you are most often the source of the joke, I do still find you a well-meaning gentleman.

Anybody else recently found a new show (or book series, as I’m always eager for more reading material) to love?


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Una noooo….
Take this kindness… I know everyone else has hurt you instead of offering this basic kindness, and maybe you’re at the point where you need to normalize that by opening yourself up to more hurt…. but… noo… take the kindness.


One of the most painful medicines is accepting unexpected kindness, or kindness contrary to the norm when the norm is so very painful. I don’t know why it hurts so bad, something about having to accept one’s worth as a person, something about all the old harms finally getting their punch in which has been avoided/ignored by accepting a lower self worth. Its hard to explain.

But, if I can accept the kindness, then a lot of healing happens.

I hope that Pakku can at least rise to not accepting the bait.

Pakku is, as a general rule, the exception to all this world’s standard expectations. It’s one of my favorite things about him.

I think there is a strange re-conceptualization that happens in almost a cascade when unexpected kindness is accepted. Because we hide behind the concept of “normal” as “right” in a moral kind of way. Something is “acceptable” if it is “typical.” Then, when you find something that is unusual, but feels much healthier, suddenly all those things that were ignored or shrugged aside as “just the way it is” stand out with screaming clarity as completely unacceptable.

It’s hard to have a view of the world turn on a dime, but that’s how I’ve always experienced it. All at once, with a strange, vague sort of guilt that I didn’t say something, do something, to protest it before. Which somehow makes me feel like it was all my fault…even though that is very far from the truth.

I just recently discovered LeyLines, and am reading everything from the beginning. Terrific story!

But what I wanted to say … I’m not clear whether Una is supposed to be transgender or is just a man who finds it professionally useful to wear female disguises – and if that’s supposed to still be a mystery at this point, by all means keep up the mystery!

But assuming she is trans, and that you are not (I assume that, but come to think of it, I’m not really sure 😉 ), I want to applaud your treatment of a sensitive topic. I am a trans woman, and I think this page, whether intentionally or not, perfectly expresses a common experience that trans people go through. We are not all constantly running a gauntlet of haters (though, sadly, it is like that for some people), but every trans person has to deal with constant *misunderstanding*. Like when you go to the store, and the store person says, “Can I help you, ma’am?” And then they take a closer look and say, “Oh, sorry … sir!” And you give them a weary smile and say, “Actually, ma’am is just fine.”

It’s not misery, but it’s loneliness, frustration … constantly being reminded in a thousand little ways that you are Other. It is, above all, wearying. And I thank you for understanding that.

Una has always been written to be a woman that didn’t conform to societal gender norms. She was originally written to be a cis-woman and her first appearance in chapter five was when I was still thinking of her this way. As the character was developed further and settled more clearly in my mind, she became trans and I decided to commit to that aspect of her backstory. The decision to go this direction, and the research to try and portray her respectfully, began shortly after chapter five.

I continue to educate myself on trans experiences in their multitudes, as well as common tropes and why they are harmful. I also make an effort to work with sensitivity editors now, something I started dong this year. I know I will probably make mistakes despite my best efforts, and if that happens I hope people will let me know (provided they are in a space to do so) so that I can do better and never make that same mistake again. I’m still finding things that I wish I’d done differently in older writing. I am always trying to improve in the future.

I’m glad that this particular portrayal felt real and true. It was very much done with intention.

I cannot imagine how infuriating all the micro-aggression and frustrations you go through every day just to be yourself must be. It sounds exceptionally tiring. I wish people could just learn to accept and validate each other, instead of trying to shove everyone into one ill-fitting box of an artificial norm.

Thank you so much for the comment! I hope you have a lovely rest of your day, Caelia.

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